Optometric Practice Tips to Make an OD's Life Easier

Posted by Jeff Rezabek on Tue, Jul 28, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

The life of an OD is hectic even when patients aren't undergoing exams. Whether you run a single OD practice, collaborate with multiple ODs in a single location, or fill the need of a retail location, the long hours, working weekends, and unpredictable patient schedule can take a toll on the OD's life, stress levels, and ability to provide unobstructed care.

When running an optometric practice, there are a few strategies that can help take some of the stress off of your day-to-day activities and to make your life easier.

3 Simple Things ODs Can Do To Make Their Lives Easier

Offload Pre-testingAn ODs life is hectic. Use these optometric practice tips to make your life easier.

For the OD, your technician should be your best friend. Being able to offload a lot of pre-exam steps like reviewing patient information, assisting patients with questions or paperwork, or conducting pre-tests will improve your office workflow, increase the quality of the time with your patients, and make your life easier.

Some pre-tests that you can offload to your technician include:

  • Lensometry
  • Visual acuities
  • Ocular motility
  • Cover testing
  • Confrontation fields
  • Color vision testing
  • Stereopsis testing
  • Amsler’s grid testing

Use Clinical Decision Support

The average adult makes tens of thousands of decisions a day. And, according to this post, 226.7 decisions are just on food. Now, factor in the decisions an OD has to make after diagnosing an issue with a patient’s ocular health and the chance of decision fatigue setting in can increase the likelihood of making bad decisions.

Using an EHR with clinical decision-making support can reduce the amount of decisions an OD has to make by populating diagnosis, treatment, orders, special testing, and patient education information based on best practices from a single entry made during annotation.

Automate Patient Recalls

Patient no-shows and late patients complicate the patient schedule and add stress to the OD’s day. Reduce the number of no-shows by sending automated patient messages reminding patients of upcoming appointments. Automating this typically manual, error-prone task reduces the stress of worrying about things being done incorrectly and can improve patient attendance.

For more tips to make your life easier, download our practice efficiency ebook

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Originally published in March 2017

Tags: Practice Efficiency

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